Aaron Judge says Yankees are 'where we need to be' after Royals sweep, entering Blue Jays series

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Aaron Judge cropped 5/1/22
Aaron Judge cropped 5/1/22

Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge, whose two home runs fueled a 6-4 win Sunday at the Kansas City Royals and secured New York's third consecutive sweep (fourth series victory), kept an even-keeled outlook after the team's ninth straight triumph.

Before a pivotal three-game set starting Monday at 7:07 p.m. against the Blue Jays in Toronto, Judge deflected credit from his three-RBI afternoon and put the spotlight on a collective effort that included Isiah Kiner-Falefa, DJ LeMahieu, and Josh Donaldson driving home decisive runs along the way to a 4-1 comeback.

"I struck out two times on some bad swings, but the guys around picked us up," he said. "I know we kind of jumped out to an early lead, but they came back and kind of hit us in the mouth. But with this offense, just give it time, man. Especially the guys up and down the lineup, man, they're doing their work and just having some quality at-bats, for sure."

Judge got the Yankees going with a first inning solo shot that put New York up 1-0 before adding a game-tying RBI in the seventh-inning, a 1-3 groundout that scored Kiner-Falefa. Donaldson's fielder's choice brought home Anthony Rizzo and, in the ninth inning, Judge tacked on an insurance solo shot to polish off the 6-4 win.

New York now heads north of the border and takes on the Blue Jays (15-8) with a 1 1/2-game lead in the AL East. Judge, who is on a six-game hitting streak, summed up the team's mindset.

"We're where we need to be -- not too high, not too low," Judge said. "Just trying to stay consistent. I think that's the name of the game for this team. If we stay consistent -- consistent at-bats, consistent defense, don't give anybody extra outs -- we're going to be in a good spot every series."